Texas Freshman Townley Haas Swims Fastest 800 Free Relay Split Ever

2016 MEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Texas freshman Townley Haas threw down an emphatic 1:30.52 on the second leg of Texas’ 800 free relay as the Longhorns assuaged any concerns that they might misplay their taper for the 2016 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.

That split, as far as we can tell, is the fastest in history: clearing the 1:30.60 done by Michigan swimmer Michael Wynalda at the 2014.

Haas’ reaction time on the swim was a .18, meaning that the flat-start all-time record of 1:31.20, done by Simon Burnett of Arizona, is in danger. When Wynalda did his split, he only swam 1:32.52 in the individual race later in the meet – which is a fast time by most standards except that of his earlier relay split.

  • Wynalda’s splits: 21.19/44.17/1:07.27/1:30.60
  • Haas’ splits: 20.41/43.36/1:06.89/1:30.52

Also in that relay, Conger swam a 1:31.89 on the leadoff leg, which goes down as the 8th-fastest 200 freestyle flat-start swim in history and puts him as the 7th-best performer of all time.

The two combined to lead Texas to a 6:08.03 win, which is the fastest 800 free relay of all-time. Even in an Olympic year, with doubts about tapers and focus, the three-fastest 800 free relays in history all came out of this race.

 

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MD
4 years ago

And Schooling was out in the same time as him at the 100. Texas is gonna have some scary fast swims this week!

Dangfast
4 years ago

And Swim swam didn’t have townley in their predictions for 200 free

R&R
Reply to  Dangfast
4 years ago

… why…

floppy
4 years ago

Also in that relay, Conger swam a 1:31.89 on the leadoff leg, which goes down as the 8th-fastest 200 freestyle flat-start swim in history and puts him as the 7th-best performer of all time.

I didn’t believe this, so I had to look it up. Kind of crazy that now 9 swimmers have gone 1:31, but only Joao deLucca has done it twice!

Swimmy
Reply to  floppy
4 years ago

Looks like Dave Walters has been below 1:32 2x

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